460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 848-5869
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Mondays through Thursdays

Early arrival begins at 8:00AM and the afternoon session ends at 3:45PM. See Programs for specific class times.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School

Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School, located in Pilgrim Congregational Church of Oak Park, Illinois.

We are a nonprofit, nonsectarian nursery school serving the community of Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and economic situations. Our students represent the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area.

PCNS Receives ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation

Pilgrim Community Nursery School has received the Gold Circle of Quality designation – the highest possible rating – from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes commitment to quality by early education programs. The Gold Circle of Quality designation recognizes programs that have demonstrated quality on all 15 standards examined, as validated by an independent assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education. For more information on ExceleRate Illinois and the Gold Circle of Quality designation, visit

PCNS Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s – Monday, November 3rd

thumb-15181356404ee9161c4aaa06.26493795Eat pizza and help Pilgrim Community Nursery School at the same time!

Lou Malnati’s in Oak Park (1040 Lake Street) will be holding a fundraiser for PCNS on Monday, November 3rd, from 11am to 11pm.  The fundraiser applies to dine in, carry out or delivery!  20% of the proceeds from all sales with flyer (pre-tax, excluding alcohol) will benefit PCNS’ programs and operations.

Please mention this fundraiser when placing your order; the following flyer must be printed or shown on mobile device:

Register for Session Two of Early Enrichment at Pilgrim Community Nursery School!

unnamedSession Two of Friday Enrichment classes starts October 31!

Check out our fantastic classes if you are looking for something fun and creative to add to your Friday mornings. Our Session Two classes are Mother Goose is Here to Stay (18-36 months w/adult), Pre-Twinklers Suzuki Violin (3-5 years), Printmaking (3-5 years), The Nature of Art (3-5 years), and Handwriting Without Tears (4-5 years).

Classes are Friday mornings from 9:00 -10:00 am.  The classes are open to both current PCNS students and other children.  Check out our Friday Enrichment page for more class information and registration materials.

Questions? Contact contact the school office 708-848-5869 or email co-directors Rhona Taylor or Rebecca McLane.

Register for Fab Fridays at Pilgrim Community Nursery School!

Add something creative and fun to your child’s Fridays! Friday Enrichment classes begin October 3, from 9:00-10:00 AM, and include a variety of creative programs for children from 18 months to 5 years.

Class descriptions and enrollment forms can be found on the Friday Enrichment page or in the school lobby.

Questions? Contact contact the school office 708-848-5869 or email co-directors Rhona Taylor or Rebecca McLane.

Fall Fest, Saturday, September 27th

All current members of the PCNS community and Pilgrim alumni families are invited to join the fun at our third annual Fall Fest (formerly known as Homecoming) event on Saturday, September 27th, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Pilgrim parking lot.

There will be something for everyone: face painting, a bubble table, an obstacle course, refreshments, and, of course, a bouncy house. Get your groove on to a range of tunes played by a local DJ, too!

Tickets are $20 per family and may be purchased ahead of time in the School Office or at the registration table on the day of the event.

Homecoming is a great opportunity to meet other Pilgrim families (past and present!), get to know your children’s new classmates, and reconnect with old friends. We hope to see you there!

Spirit Night at Potbelly, Thursday, September 25th

1471146_10152010467152170_801786122_nCelebrate Pilgrim Community Nursery School’s Spirit Week with us at Potbelly!

Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Oak Park (1100 Lake Street) will be holding a fundraiser for PCNS from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, September 25th.

25% of the proceeds from all sales between 5 pm and 8 pm will benefit PCNS’ programs and operations.

Gift card purchases count too! Stop by and grab a sandwich!

Spirit Day and Ice Cream Social, Tuesday, September 23rd

Header-Art-01Show your Pilgrim pride by wearing something RED on our Spirit Day, Tuesday, September 23rd.

That same day, we also will be hosting a school-wide ice cream social from 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, to which all students, family members and caregivers are invited. Bring your picnic blankets and come grab a scoop. Load on the toppings, and enjoy the taste of the final days of summer out on the lawn. We hope you can join us! (In the event of rain, the ice cream social will take place on Thursday, September 25th. We will send out an email alerting parents to the change if it becomes necessary.)

Join PCNS Families at The Junction Diner this Thursday! (4/10)

Please come enjoy lunch or dinner with other Pilgrim families and friends this Thursday, April 10, at The Junction Diner (7401 W. Madison St. in Forest Park).

10% of all “Pilgrim” sales between 11a-8p will benefit the school’s programs and operations.

*Families and Friends MUST mention Pilgrim*

We hope to see you there!

Pilgrim’s Got Talent Benefit: Saturday, April 26

2014_gala_inviteTickets are now on sale for Pilgrim’s Got Talent!

Pilgrim’s Got Talent will be held from 8pm to midnight on Saturday, April 26 at FitzGerald’s Nightclub (6615 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn). This is your opportunity to gather with fellow Pilgrim parents and alums, and to let loose for a night – with the added benefit of showing our appreciation and support for the school that has nurtured and educated our children.

We have past galas to thank for the school’s playground, the Star Room and the updated bathrooms. What legacy will we leave to future Pilgrim families?

Click here for more information on tickets, donations, and other ways to help.